There is so much to celebrate for the lgbt community as bangladesh is set to have his very first transgender member of parliament following the national elections that took place last year.
according to reports by local media the ruling Awami League (AL) has been considered a transgender candidate for one of the 50 seats in the parliament that are reserved for women.
the The Dhaka Tribune reported that a total of 8 transgender females have registered their nominations with the party. one potential transgender candidate known as Falguni mentioned: “We are citizens of Bangladesh but we have no representation in the parliament.
“There is no one from our community who can understand and raise our concerns. That is why we are running for the seats.”
First transgender human rights official
In an effort to transform the view and attitude towards transgender people in the country bangladesh appointed the first transgender human rights official in 2018.
the official was appointed to bangladesh’s human rights commission and goes by the name Tanisha Yeasmin Chaity, said that she was very excited “it was a new beginning for the entire transgender community.”
in an interview with the Dhaka Tribune, charity said that “Hijras should lead lives as normal people. The attitude and mindset of society has to change in order to ensure that hijras do not have to do what they are forced to do for money.”
hijra is a word that was formed to help identify a third gender in south asia and it has been used also to refer to transgender people.
discrimination and violence
back in 2013 the hijrah was identified officially as a third gender and that helps transgender people or other members of the lgbt community have a proper representation in documents like passports. despite the recognition of these term which would seem like an acceptance people who fell into the hijrah category still had to suffer violence discrimination and rejection from their families this inhuman treatment let people in that category with no other option but to become sex workers or beg for a living.
charity said that “I was the only male child of the family, and thus my parents were not ready to accept these changes. Their attitude towards me changed, and they kept trying to demoralise me.
“When the pressure became overwhelming, I left my home for the first time to look for people like me in the transgender community – where I would feel safe and accepted,”.
This new development will hopefully increase the level of acceptance and recognition of transgender people in bangladesh and for this the lgbt community is grateful.